Major upstream players meet at EPOCH congress in Thessaloniki

Over 100 companies participated at the Exploration and Production Offshore Congress Hub (EPOCH) Congress, a two-day event held September 16 and 17 in Thessaloniki.

The event, a closed-door congress supported by Greek and international media and co-hosted by Hellenic Petroleum (ELPE), drew keynote speakers who covered both the business and technical sides concerning the developing markets of the Mediterranean and offshore West Africa.

Over the event’s two days, major players of the upstream industry, representing E&P companies, EPC contractors, drilling contractors, service providers & equipment manufacturers, shared their experience and views on the current situation in regions and presented solutions, cases and technologies to overcome these challenges.

Besides discussions, delegates also established new business contacts and held preliminary talks for further cooperation.

The first day of the event began with presentations highlighting new challenges, opportunities and strategies across the Mediterranean region, while the second day’s plenary session was devoted to an overview of the West African offshore region and its current performance.

The keynote speakers at EPOCH were: Dr Abdelarahim Mohamed – Board Director for Exploration & Production of National Oil Corporation of Libya; Yannis Bassias – President & CEO of Hellenic Hydrocarbon Resources Management; Kees Jongepier – VP Exploration of Aker Energy AS; Chijioke Akwukwuma – CEO of Ocean Deep Drilling ESV Nigeria Limited (ODENL); Dr. Jörg Köhli – Senior Expert – Head of Upstream Oil and Gas of European Commission; Christophe Souillart – BD Director Africa, Mediterranean and Southern Europe of Subsea 7; and Henry Okolie-Aboh – Founder & CEO of Westfield Energy Resources Limited.